The Sky Painter by Margarita Engle is one of the most absolutely beautiful books! The gorgeous poems combined with the lovely illustrations (by Aliona Bereghici) make it a book you immediately want to share with others. It's a natural for sharing this month for poetry month, but I have a feeling you'll love it so much you'll want to share it now as well as early in the fall with your new students!
Summary from GoodReads:
Louis loves to watch birds. He takes care of injured birds and studies how they look and how they move. His father wants him to become an engineer, but Louis dreams of being a bird artist. To achieve this dream, he must practice, practice, practice. He learns from the art of John James Audubon. But as Louis grows up, he begins to draw and paint living, flying birds in their natural habitats.
Intrigued? Want to see more? Check out the book trailer below:
About the Author:
Margarita Engle is a Cuban American poet and novelist whose work has been published in many countries. Her books include The Poet Slave of Cuba, winner of the Pura Belpré Award for narrative and the Américas Award; The Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor book; Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian, a Kirkus Best Book for Children; and The Lightning Dreamer, Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist, winner of the 2014 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Young Adult/Children’s Literature. Margarita lives in California, where she enjoys bird-watching and helping her husband with his volunteer work for wilderness search-and-rescue dog training programs. To learn more, and to download a free activity kit for THE SKY PAINTER, visit: www.margaritaengle.com.
Follow along on THE SKY PAINTER blog tour!
Mon, Apr 20
Kid Lit Frenzy
5 Minutes for Books
Teach Mentor Texts
The Children's Book Review
Cracking the Cover
A Foodie Bibliophile in Wanderlust